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10. Youth work

10.6 Recognition and validation of skills acquired through youth work

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  1. Existing arrangements
  2. Skills

Existing arrangements

Young people are able to assess their experiences obtained from youth work in experience baggage on the website Teeviit. It is possible to add the learning experience (formal education, student/pupil exchanges, trainings, seminars and conferences, voluntary activities, youth camps, youth exchanges, and hobbies) and working experience (jobs, practice, working camps, belonging to organizations, tutoring) and analyze the outcomes by yourself. As a result of the process, it is possible to combine it into a CV and send it to potential employers by e-mail.

An alternative to Teeviit is YouthPass that enables to issue a certificate of participation in youth work activities of the Erasmus+ programme.

There are some regional initiatives as well that offer the possibility to write down all of the important voluntary experiences and the obtained knowledge and skills. For example, Tankla volunteer pass (Tankla vabatahtliku pass).

Depending on a school and teacher, there are also practices where youth work is recognized in formal education. For example, if a young person participates regularly in some kind of sports hobby activity or education, he or she will get grades in physical education lessons. Unfortunately, this is not something very common and depends on the cooperation between school and youth work organizations.

On the national level, there is the recognition of prior learning and working experience (VÕTA), which helps in validating the prior experiences for formal education, no matter how you studied. VÕTA can also be used in the applying process of a professional qualifications certificate (also with youth worker certificates). This is something young people aged 18-26 can use as this is targeted to adult education mainly. Please see more in Chapters 3.5. and 6.4.

Skills

There are no top-level policies and/or recognition mechanisms for young people. The national recognition mechanism that can be used for young people aged 18-26, is called VÕTA (the recognition of prior learning and working experience) mentioned in the previous section. In the draft document of the new Youth Field Development Plan for the years 2021-2035 (Noortevaldkonna arengukava 2021-2035 eelnõu), there is one activity that is targetted on recognition mechanisms so the skills obtained from youth work would be more recognized in formal education.